World number 7 and home favorite Dominic Thiem has become the second player who scored 50 wins in 2018 after Alexander Zverev, ousting Sam Querrey 6-4 6-4 in an hour and 18 minutes for only his eighth win in Vienna and the first quarter-final since 2013! This was the third win for Dominic in four matches against the American and he played on a high level today, losing 16 points in 10 service games and fending off all three break chances to keep the pressure on Sam.
The American fired just six aces and he couldn’t keep his second serve safe all the time, facing five break points and getting broken once in each set to wrap up the win in straight sets and set the quarter-final clash against Nishikori.
The Austrian hit 20 winners and 17 unforced errors while Sam counted to 18 winners but also 23 unforced errors, missing way too many forehands and losing the edge in the pivotal moments to end his run in the second round.
Dominic drew first blood in the third game after a huge forehand error from Querrey, holding at 15 in the following game for a 3-1 lead. Sam reached a deuce on the return in the 10th game but Thiem stayed calm, holding with a backhand winner for a 6-4 after 34 minutes.
Just like in the opener, Dominic found the way to create the gap in the third game of the second set when Querrey’s drop shot failed to reach the net, and he created another break point with a backhand drive volley winner in game five that could have pushed him 4-1 up.
Sam found his forehand to delete the danger and he had a chance to pull the break back in the next game when he earned three break chances. Thiem saved them all with some solid hitting and he served well until the end of the match to move into the last eight, firing a service winner in the 10th game for a hold at love and the milestone win number 50 in 2018.
Second round results:
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Dominic Thiem (AUT) vs Sam Querrey (USA) 6-4 6-4
Kei Nishikori (JPN) vs Karen Khachanov (RUS) 6-2 6-2
[Q]Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) vs [LL]Andrey Rublev (RUS) 7-6(4) 6-4
Fernando Verdasco (ESP) vs Kyle Edmund (GBR) 6-4 3-6 6-3
Gael Monfils (FRA) vs John Isner (USA) 6-4 6-4